Humble Pie


The day I never thought would come arrived December 25 (maybe the Mayans were right after all…?)

Yes, I confess, I now own an e-reader, specifically a Kobo Mini.

Kobo mini

It’s a wee little guy. According to the specs on the Kobo Web site, it measures 4″x5.2″x0.4″. I’ll take their word for it, I’m too lazy to bother dredging up a ruler to measure it.

Kobo and books

It’s about as tall as five stacked paperbacks, so it fits nicely in the hand. My only regret about this thing is it doesn’t have the light for reading in the dark like the Kobo Glo (Kobo people, are we working on that, hmm? hint-hint, nudge-nudge). If a little cell phone can have a lighted screen there’s no reason they can work one into this thing somehow.

So I’ve been loading up on free ebooks, courtesy of Project Gutenberg, starting out with the classics like my beloved Jane Austen, Emily and Charlotte Brontë, Edith Wharton, Charles Darwin, John Keats, Bram Stoker. So yeah, it’s pretty cool being able to pull up whatever strikes your fancy, or you know all those times when you’re trying to remember a quote or favorite line from a book and you can look it up (provided you have it on the device). Yes, I have all Austen’s books already, and Wuthering Heights, and Dracula, most of Dickens, Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it’ll be handy having them along just to reread a favorite passage in a few spare minutes.

The e-ink is very good, very clear, it really looks like ink on paper, maybe even a little sharper. I wish my pictures came out better but you can see better images on Kobo’s site. There’s also a “Reading Life” function, which gives you the chance to earn various awards and connect with other readers (not entirely sure yet what it’s all about, I’m guessing it’s their version of Goodreads.com, but it looks fun).

Library contents

I admit it. I like this thing. It went with me to my doctor’s appointment yesterday, safely tucked in one of my gorgeous Tarot bags from Baba Studio. You can adjust the font, text size, line spacing, all kinds of stuff. You can get definitions, search, annotate, translate.

Fontssmall options

And, if you get tired of reading, you can even play games or surf the Web with it. Chess, anyone? Zoom if you need it.

Extrasbrowser

Zoom

Black andwhite only, but it’s there if you need it.

I haven’t even had a chance to try out all this stuff yet, but the geek in me is loving it. I’m not ready to give up paper books, but this is fun. There, I said it. It’s a fun little gizmo. Now, what happens if I lose it and any books I’ve paid for I don’t know. Free books are easy enough to replace, and possibly any bought through Kobo’s store, but this thing can read multiple formats (except Kindle, which is proprietary to Amazon’s reader) like Epub, PDF, Mobi and others. That’s one of the reasons I was interested in these about a month ago. Powells has had them on sale for $50 a couple of times already. Keep an eye out if you’re interested.

So, this wasn’t intended to be an ad for these things, I just wanted to point out some of the features in case anyone was wondering what all they can do. I know when I looked at them at Powells it was hard to know what to even ask the salesperson since I knew so little about them only a short month ago.

This pie really isn’t as bad as I expected.

(apologies for the fuzzy pictures, again I was too lazy to haul out the tripod and do them right)

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8 thoughts on “Humble Pie

  1. That is a very nifty gizmo, and hear tell the e-publishing market is spurring “real” book buying. I told the hubs i would never use anything called with the unimaginative name of iPad. But I do have a Kindle and I admit, I do like it. But I use it mostly to tweet in bed — basically promoting my own laziness. Enjoy the Kobo-dragon!

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  2. It’s a lot in a small package, that’s for sure. I haven’t actually paid for an ebook yet, I’m focusing on out-of-copyright classics for now. In addition to this I got tablet with Android, but I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it!

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  3. This is like when Dylan went electric. You’ve jumped to a download. Well, I’ve heard all about the advantages – the lightness…how easily is packs. You are so great cyberly I know when you’re through learning about all its ins and outs you’ll no doubt be able to lecture.

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  4. Heh heh 😉 Well time will tell if it ultimately proves to be a distraction or worthwhile. I understand some of the ereaders have an advertising bar across the bottom that can’t be turned off (is it the Nook?). Also, the beauty of a physical book is: that’s all it is. No games, no internet, no “awards”, nobody tracks what you read (somehow this thing reports back when you annotate stuff). It’s fun right now, but the jury is still out re: long-term preferences.

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  5. I approve, purely on the grounds that you got a Kobo 😀 I just traded up to a Nexus 7 My Kobo is first gen. and doesn’t do anything except display ePub and PDF, but is still the best thing for taking camping – battery life for DAYS.

    I have an extensive collection of ebooks; don’t be afraid to hit me up.

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  6. Happy New Year DD! Humble pie alway staste nice with a schoop of vanilla ice cream, lol, heck any pice taste good with a scoop. There is nothing wrong changing your mind.
    I love technology. Hubby bought me a smart phone 8 months ago I think and I refused to use it until I got hook on the androids. Love that phone now especially when traveling or waiting on the public trnasportation. I don’t think any device with eliminate one reading paper/books. Because there is nothing like feeling a page underneath my finger and putting dog ears on the corner. I will read enrichment info on line and pdf’s but when I really want that info I go ahead and order the book.

    I love techno

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  7. Yep, advantages to both. I don’t have a smartphone yet, still using a really ancient Nokia but it still works great, and I’m not locked into a contract with the carrier. But there have been times I wished I had one. I think it won’t be long now before I go ahead and upgrade to one.

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